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Roy Jorgenson recalls his service days from the 8th Air Force and his bombing mission to Caen in Normandy, France, on the morning of D-Day, June 6, 1944.

WWII vet recalls D-Day and flying with the 8th Air Force

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – At 93, Roy Jorgenson’s eyesight is fading. The aging vet wearing a “Mighty 8th Air Force” T-shirt can make out shadows and shapes and get around at the Minnesota Veterans Home here.


But in his mind’s eye, the former World War II ball turret gunner can still clearly see the massive flotilla of ships that filled the English Channel on June 6, 1944.

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Helmut Schmidt
Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.
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